Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

In case Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest aren't doing it for you, I thought I'd give you another viewing option...



Hope you're all having a good {safe} night!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Free wifi

We're still smiling.

Travel gods

Once again, the travel gods have frowned fiercely upon us. We intend to kill them with kindness. No, really, we're going to kill them by smiling at them.

A Christmas Eve Guessing Game

Where's baby Audrey?


Behind the massive pile of Amos' gygis.  Duh.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Hairbow

There is nothing cuter than a father doing his daughter's hair.  Eric and Maggie are no exception.


The Mighty Sledders

All of this snow is good for something...


It's pretty sweet that we live within walking distance of an awesome sledding hill.


It's especially sweet when you're not the one pulling the kids uphill.


The mighty sledders returned just a couple minutes after they left.  The boys declared Maggie a "ruiner" and headed back out without her.  She may be my daughter afterall.

Merry Christmas Eve Eve

Surprise! We're still busy.  I wanted to post some more pictures from the Riverwoods before they are totally so last year...

We had such a fun time the first night, we went again with Anna and Shawn when they came to visit us.

View from the carriage ride.

I was taking this picture to tease Eric about being "that guy" looking at his cellphone, but I realized it captured the lights in the background very nicely.  I'm only sharing it so you can see the lights =)


Our kids adore Anna and Shawn, and its a good thing because they've promised us LOTS of free babysitting next semester.




Did I mention that Anna and Shawn got engaged?  No?  Oh, well, they did!  The date is set for April '11. 

Friday, December 17, 2010

Night at the Riverwoods

Tonight we had a great family night at The Shops at Riverwoods.  While Eric and I were dating, Happy Sumo was our absolute favorite place to eat.  In fact, we ate there the night we got engaged.  Now, the Riverwoods is transforming itself into a family friendly place just in time for us to take our family there.  Woot, woot.

Tonight we crammed our family of 5 into a booth at Happy Sumo.  A far cry from the days when just Eric and I used to share a booth.  It was so much better though.  Really.  After dinner the kids and Eric took a (free) carriage ride.  They were super cute and super excited about the horses.  After the ride we checked out Blickenstaff's where Maggie became enamored with Calico Critters.  I played with Calico Critters as a child, and it was really neat to see her so enthralled.  After Blickenstaff's we walked right up to Santa and had a chat.  Our kids are really afraid of the big guy, but since no one was around we thought we might try to see if we could get them to warm up to him.  Santa was a good sport and tried his very best to be their friend.  It probably doesn't feel good when small children cry when they look at you =(


Anyway, don't all go there at once, I really don't like crowds.  But, if you're in the greater Provo area, check out The Shops at Riverwoods, the lights are amazing.


Brother and Sister


Amos and Audrey have a very special bond.  He just adores her.  I often catch him talking to her, patting her head, giving her her bink, and just enjoying her.  We were worried that he might be sad the she doesn't do much, but he doesn't seem to notice.

One day I could hear him yacking away, and when I snuck up on him I caught him laying next to her telling her a story.  It is so sweet.  The picture is bad, I really was sneaking:


From the minute she was born, she was his baby Audrey.  Whenever anyone jokes that they could take her home, or borrow her (which, oddly, happens a lot) Amos is adamant that she is his baby and she belongs at his house.


One day, after seeing an infomercial on t.v., he decided she was his pillow pet, and he would lay his head on her and call her baby pillow pet.  If Audrey cries Amos will say, "Mama, can you feed baby Audrey, please?"

Amos even shares his most prized possession, his blankie, with Baby Audrey
He is always looking out for her, and I hope that never changes.  Every girl should have such a good big brother.  I think Audrey already knows how lucky she is, because so far, Amos is the only one good at getting smiles out of her.

Fire!

Uh...I don't even know what to say about this, other than that it should be documented.




Amos put his gygi (blankie) on the nightlight in his room and it caught on fire.  It was tragic.  Not as tragic as this, but still tragic.  Eric and I have long speculated that Amos has a team of guardian angels looking out for him (all of the previous Amoses {Amosi?} maybe?) and this pretty much sealed it.   


So Sorry

The Christmas cards aren't happening this year.  I thought I might be able to pull it off, but after the month and a half we lost to our various sicknesses, it isn't happening.  I am really sad about it, because I love all of the cards we've gotten this year.  PLEASE no one take us off your list.  Really, the main set back is that we don't have a good family picture.  If this would fly, I would totally be ordering cards this second:


Merry Christmas.

Really, don't take us off your list.

P.S. Maggie looks like a goon with no hair =)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Reason #213 Why Babies are better than Toddlers

When you leave them alone they do this:



Not this:


Dear Santa,

I am failing you. 

I am really not catching any breaks when it comes to the whole "Christmas presents being a surprise" thing.  The other day our doorbell rang and Amos and Maggie went running to the front window to see who it was.  They got there just in time to see the FedEx man getting back into his truck and pulling away.  Once they realized he wasn't staying to play, their attention turned to the box on the front porch with a HUGE picture of its contents on it.  TOYS! 


I grabbed the box and tried my best to hide the picture side from them, telling them it was for Christmas.  Amos' response:

"But, that's not Santa, that a man" (meaning the FedEx man).

Nice.  Today when we got home there were some more boxes on our porch.  After we brought them inside, Amos asked me if I was going to hide them.  Yep.  I am sure going to try. 

Still the season

December is proving to be too much for us.  Since my last post I've been to the doctor once again.  I am thinking that from now on if anyone in this family gets sick they are just going to have to get better on their own or die from it, because I cannot go to the doctor another time. 

Aside from spending another half day doing the doctor's office thing, I have been trying to wrangle insano kids. I don't know if it's the sickness, or too much excitement and anticipation but Amos and Maggie have gone hog wild.  Maggie is all of a sudden very "2."  Amos is all of a sudden very, well, he's still himself, I suppose.

Can you find the child in this picture?


How about now?


Since I was totally unable to hide any presents, I decided to just wrap them so they could be out in plain sight.  Surprisingly, it was not the worst idea I've ever had.  We've only have one present unwrapping incident, but it was probably enough.  I am pretty sure I am just going to pick a day and pretend its Christmas because none of us are going to make it to the 25th.

 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

'Tis the Season

Life has become a sort of whirlwind lately.  For the most part, I mean that in the best possible way.  It seems like every time I think I've caught up and can sit down and take a break, I remember 5 more things I am supposed to be doing.  On top of all of our fun holiday activities, we've been sick again and again (like, since mid-October) and I am starting to find it really frustrating.  I cried the other night because I knew I was going to have to call the doctor's office yet again, and haul all of the kids in yet again.  At this point, I am strongly considering buying a tent-trailer and taking up residence in the pediatrician's parking lot.  I really hope we're all building up strong immune systems for the rest of our lives...




Anyway, life is still good, we're hanging in there, and we hope you are too.


Monday, December 6, 2010

The Day the Camera Died

A couple weeks ago the camera strap caught on the grill as I was walking past it in the garage.  The camera jerked out of my hands and crashed into pieces on the concrete.  I was so heartbroken and frustrated I couldn't even look at it.  As usual, Eric took charge and made it all better (i.e. took the camera to the camera store where they diagnosed it and then bought a new lens).  Why I am sharing all this?  Basically its a very long excuse for why these pictures never made the blog before.  I can't remember what I intended to write about them in the first place, so here they are: the pictures from the day the camera [lens] died...






And, yes, it took me 2 and a half hours to get the kids dressed for 20 minutes of playing in the snow.  I *may* have already been frustrated before the camera dropped.

2 weeks and $0

Two Sundays ago at church one of the members of the Bishopric pulled me aside and said,

"I noticed you and your husband signed up to help with the Ward Christmas party, would you be interested in heading the decorations committee?" 

My response:

"I signed up for what???"

Turns out, Eric signed us up, the party was in two weeks (one of the weeks being Thanksgiving) and we had no budget for the decorations.  I spent an entire week just trying to come up with anything at all, and was finally struck with inspiration while we sat on the side of the Interstate waiting for the road to re-open on our way home from Boise.

The idea: NUTCRACKERS!




Thanks to Eric's parents we have an extensive collection of Nutcrackers, enough for 20 centerpieces in fact.  We rounded up some more toys, threw in some candy canes, battery operated votives and called it good.  The other toys were: oversized jacks, teddy bears, baby buggies, an antique bike, trains, and books.  I think it turned out really great, and it was really fun.  I know some husbands would sign up their wives and then leave them out to dry, but not Eric.  He was a great partner to work with.  The best part was our kids really seemed to enjoy it.  I really hope we'll be able to teach them to serve and help out no matter the circumstance.  Once again, I am really grateful that I didn't have to do the food.  


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thanksgiving Recap

We had a great Thanksgiving in Eagle last week.  The drive there was a little more exciting than I would have liked, so I passed the time not looking out the windows.  It's really unnerving to be driving down a road with cars and trucks littered in the median from sliding off.  Our usual 5-6 hour drive took 9 hours, but we made it.  The kids were absolute champs and Aunt Meg didn't complain too much either.

Once we made it to Grammy and Grampy's it was all fun from there.  Amos and Maggie LOVE their cousins and Grandparents.  One of my favorite things from this trip were Amos and Maggie's trips to feed the chickens.  My parents were chicken-sitting for a neighbor, and Grampy took the kids with him when he went to feed the chickens.  They loved it.

Dressed for chicken feeding

Other than actual Thanksgiving we kept busy seeing a movie, going to Donnie Mac's, and a BSU basketball game (Amos still thinks he went to see a band).  The kids got to eat in the car at Donnie Mac's and the adults got to eat alone.  I don't know who was more excited about their dining experience.



I should also mention that Eric and I celebrated our 5th (count 'em, 5!) anniversary while we were in Boise.  We had a great night out kid and worry free.  We're so grateful and so very blessed. 


The drive home only took 7 hours, and that included our 1 hour wait on the side of the interstate waiting for the road to re-open.  I've never experienced anything like that before, but it probably won't be the last time since winter trips to Idaho seem inevitable.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, now bring on Christmas!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Home safe

And zonked out for the night.

The road is open!

And we got front row seats. Thank you idot.gov for not having reliable information so we could be here for this.